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Cairns Liveaboard Dive & Snorkel Trips | RENC

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Book the VIP Captains Club Deal
  • Sitting in the hot tub on the top deck under the brilliant night sky
  • Enjoying the luxury VIP offerings and privileges of the Captains Club with our own private valet 

Choose from stateroom accommodation or the famous Captains Club VIP accommodation deal. Our Great Barrier Reef scuba diving and snorkelling liveaboard tours are suited to everyone at all levels wanting to see the reef from Cairns

This is the most flexible liveaboard dive boat tour on the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and the best value for money dive and snorkel multi-day tour.

 With our SSI Diamond Dive Centre on board the boat we can offer scuba diving courses for all levels whilst you are out on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

You can even take a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns and land on the upper deck of our liveaboard dive boat that we call a boatel - hotel. 

Departing daily from Cairns on our day boat you may choose the number of nights you wish to sleep on the reef as per these options:-   

2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard - 5 dives

3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard - 8 Dives

4 Day / 3 Night Liveaboard - 11 dives

Catering for a maximum of only 42 divers and snorkellers, guests can choose to spend fro 2 days up to 4 days exploring the depths of the world famous Great Barrier Reef from our floating hotel - boatel .

Ask us about our "Exclusive Captains Club Accomodation" that offers private valet service for your stay or for our budget triple share bunk cabin accommodation.  

Cairns Famous Liveaboard Dive Boat

Departing from Cairns we take our guests to see the best parts of the outer Great Barrier Reef so they can spend a few days exploring the depths of the ocean to see the most brilliant of corals and marine life that call these outer reefs home   

We have exclusive dive permits for 15 coral reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef and each day the skipper decides which of these reef locations will offer our guests the most brilliant dive and snorkel conditions.

Our liveaboard dive boat normally visits two reef locations per day.   

Join us and book your cabin on our Cairns floating hotel for your dive trip of a lifetime.

Upgrade to the "Exclusive Captains Club' and enjoy all the VIP privileges with your very own private valet who will look after your every need on your liveaboard scuba dive trip.

Cairns Liveaboard Accommodation Choices

Staterooms

  • Twin Share or Double Beds
  • Private ensuites
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ocean views from the cabin.
  • Towels and toiletries are provided along with power outlets for charging of phones and camera equipment.
  • Check in time 10.00am
  • Check out time 8.00am

VIP Captains Club - Top Deck

  • The best cabin on the boat
  • Double bed or twin share cabin
  • Australian bed linen
  • Silk doona
  • Cotton sheets
  • Feather down pillow
  • Oversized double beds
  • King singles
  • Soft fluffy bath robes
  • Plush bath sheets 
  • Check in time 10.00am
  • Check out time 2.00pm​

VIP Captains Club - Top Deck Added Extras

  • You will have your personal valet or crew member to take care of you for the whole stay- starting from serving your breakfast in bed and being your private marine guide underwater.
  • You will also be accommodated in the best cabin on the whole boat: toiletries, fresh sheets, bath robes and towels included and even a nightly turn down service.
  • Champagne and fruit platter are served either on your arrival or served with your dinner.
  • Deluxe three course evening meals are served for you to dine privately under the stars or you may choose to join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.
  • Private continental or cooked breakfast in your private cabin
  • Complimentary cocktails at the end of the day are just some of the luxuries you will have chance to enjoy in the Captains Club - Top Deck.

Triple Share Bunk Cabins

  • 3 x triple share bunk bed cabins
  • 1 x double share bunk cabin

Please note: These cabins are located on the 1st floor and each cabin has a port hole for fresh air. All guests in these rooms are to bring their own personal towels. Guests must be 18 years and older to stay in these rooms without parents.  

Cairns Liveaboard Dive Boat Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Great crew members to look after our guests
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits additional charge)
  • Prescription mask available additional charge
  • Compressors
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • Marine biology presentation
  • Six water sessions at multiple reef locations per day
  • Night time diving for scuba divers only
  • Free luggage storage facilities in Cairns  

On-Board Scuba Diving Courses

This Cairns dive boat is a SSI Diamond Dive Centre training facility offering certification courses from beginner level to professional diver level onboard the boat.  

The boat has classrooms on-board making it easy to improve your diving skills and knowledge whilst on your Great Barrier Reef tour negating wasted time and money spent on accommodation in Cairns.

Our onboard training centre enables our students to dive with more confidence, comfort and have more experience underwater.  

Dive Courses Available

  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Referral Scuba Dive Course
  • Advanced Adventure Course
  • Refresher Course
  • Stress and Rescue Course

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world, but also the safest scuba diving record. All scuba divers are required to complete and pass the medical questionnaire prior to the boats departure.

Cairns Helicopter - Boat Transfers

If you really wish to travel in style then book our Cairns helicopter scenic flight transfer package along with the Captains Club Vip Package.

Board the helicopter in Cairns and take a low level scenic flight over the reef and land on the upper deck of your floating hotel that will be sitting on the outer reef.  

You may also take a return helicopter flight back to Cairns at the end of your liveaboard dive and snorkel tour. 

Cairns Dive Boat Facilities

  • Fully air-conditioned 35 metre catamaran hotel designed for stability and comfort just like a hotel
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, fresh water hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun lounges
  • Fully licenced bar 
  • Large easy access dive and snorkel platform
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for scenic flights and land transfers from Cairns to the dive boat 

Cairns Dive Tour Sample Itinerary 3 Day 2 Nights

Arrival Day 1

  • Snorkelling Unlimited in water sessions
  • Diving Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night Dive

7.30am
Board the transfer vessel at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey out to the Great Barrier Reef floating hotel

9.30am
Arrive onboard your liveaboard dive boat home for the next few days where you are greeted by the crew for your ‘Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

10.30am
 Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

12.00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13.00
Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

13.30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer Time

18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter Time

17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Day 2 Great Barrier Reef

  • Snorkelling unlimited in water sessions
  • Diving up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night Dive

6.00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer Time

18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

 Winter Time

17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

Day 3

  • Snorkelling unlimited in water sessions
  • Scuba Diving Up to 3 Day Dives

6.00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

14:45
Departing passengers board the transfer boat for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served on the return journey

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

About the Diving Locations

We visit spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, with access to well over 15 dive and snorkel sites over a range of the best Outer Great Barrier Reefs. 

Each day our dive boat Captain decides which reef locations to visit based on the time of year, weather, other conditions and which reef site offers guests the best reef experience and comfort.

Generally we would visit two reef locations every day –  moving twice per day – once in the morning and once again in the afternoon (weather dependent).

Hastings Reef

Hastings Reef is a fabulous coral reef in all weather, and we have many different locations to choose from here depending on which way the wind blows!

Being the largest reef site that our liveaboard dive boat visits, it provides good protection and calm diving and snorkelling conditions all year round.

Favourite dive and snorkel spots along this reef include ‘coral gardens’, ‘the fish bowl’ and ‘compass mooring’.

Breaking Patches Reef

A popular afternoon destination for when the weather is good, Breaking Patches is a small reef location  just north of Michaelmas Cay – a tropical sand island and marine turtle breeding ground.

As the name suggests, this is a patch reef and is great for viewing giant clams and blue spotted stingrays.

It’s also home to one of our well loved marine friends – the friendly resident sea turtle, called ‘Gus’.

Saxon Reef

Depending on the time of year, Saxon Reef can be a hive of marine activity. In the right seasons it’s a great reef to see young cuttlefish families or migrating humpback whales.

White tip reef sharks can often be seen sleeping on the shallow sandy areas and hiding under coral coves.

Popular dive and snorkel spots along this reef site include ‘magic mooring’, turtle bommie’ and the famous ‘twin peaks’.

Norman Reef

The furthest north Outer Great Barrier Reef destination that we visit – the coral and vast variety of marine life here is simply breathtaking!

Outstanding swim throughs, underwater caves, bronze whalers and it’s also home to our giant Maori Wrasse ‘Frank’.

This is the most impressive reef for a sunrise snorkel or night dive due to the number of larger inhabitants such as turtles and reef sharks

Jorgensen Patch
There are walls, gullies, small caves, overhangs and swim-throughs that can be found in the area of ‘Jeorgies’ – a reef visited at the right time of year.

With sandy bottoms that have giant clams, there are sea cucumbers and bluespotted lagoon rays on the sandy bottoms as well as lots of soft corals

You can also observe whitetip sharks, schools of damsels and fusiliers schooling in the plankton rich waters

For more liveaboard dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef see here 

Included In Price

  • On board chef preparing quality meals daily (dietary requirements catered for)
  • Coffee, tea & milo whilst boat is stationary
  • Snorkel equipment and Instruction (fins, mask & snorkel)
  • Marine biologist presentation
  • Scuba diving demonstration and instruction for snorkelers (not a dive, only a demo)
  • Glass bottom boat tour with marine life commentary
  • All state rooms have private bathroom
  • Fully air-conditioned vessel
  • Bath and beach towels
  • Spectacular reef locations
  • Friendly professional dive instructors 
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

Daily transfers to and from the liveaboard vessel are provided by its sister vessel which departs from the Cairns Marlin Marina, ‘A Finger’. Helicopter transfers are also available.

Departure Instructions

Bus transfers to and from your Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodation to the Cairns Marlin Marina are available at an additional cost. Please advise when booking if you require a transfer.

Pickup Locations

Cairns

Destinations

Hastings Reef, Norman Reef, Saxon Reef, Jorgensen Patch Reef, Breaking Patches Reef. The Caption will choose the location based on weather and which reef offers the best experience and comfort for guests. 

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

2 to 4 Days

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • The following optional extras are available for purchase on board the vessel:
  • Additional Introductory Dives
  • Introductory Night Dives
  • Guided Dives
  • Refresher Courses
  • Lycra sun suit hire
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Underwater camera hire available on board
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO
Fitness Level Required

Medium

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • This operator reserves the right to change locations, prices, vessels and itineraries due to unforeseen circumstances without notice. Each day the captain will assess weather conditions and other technical issues to determine the vessels location for that day.
  • Cancellations: The boat requires 48 hours advance notice to make any changes or cancel a booking. The cancellation fees are as follows:
  • 20% cancellation fee 30 days or more prior to departure.
  • 50% cancellation fee if within 30 days prior to departure.
  • 100% cancellation fee within 14 days prior to departure.
  • Schedules are subject to change.
  • No refunds will be offered for uncompleted dives.
  • No refunds will be offered for uncompleted dives due to medical / health / medication restrictions.

Swimwear, personal toiletries, light casual clothes, certification card or diver’s logbook, cash or credit card, sun hat, sunscreen, camera, cardigan or jumper

  • Minimum age for intro dives is 12 years.
  • Children 2 to 18 adult rates applies
  • Rolloway beds are available for children up to 11 years of age - on request only, extra cost applies
  • Introductory/Resort Scuba diving is available for children 12 years and over
  • Certified dives are available for children that hold a scuba dive certification

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Stateroom & Top Deck - Tour operator requires 48 hours’ notice to make any changes to your booking - The cancellation fees are as follows: 20% cancellation fee 30 days or more prior to departure, 50% cancellation fee if within 30 days prior to departure & 100% cancellation fee within 14 days prior to departure
  • Multishare - Tour operator requires 48 hours’ notice to make any changes to your booking - The cancellation fees are as follows: 50% cancellation fee if within 30 days prior to departure & 100% cancellation fee within 14 days prior to departure

Cairns Liveaboard Dive & Snorkel Trips

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Book the VIP Captains Club Deal

From

au$360.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$360.00
Family: au$1,440.00

Tour Code: 470

From

au$360.00

19 yrs & over

2 - 18 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
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Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
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